K.H. Ara

Untitled (Zinnias)

Lot No
2
Medium
Oil on canvas
Year
Circa 1940
Size
18.5 x 14.5 in.
Estimate
Rs. 10,00,000 - 15,00,000
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Opening Bid

₹ 19,48,717

additional information

Provenance : Property from an important Mumbai based collection, artwork was acquired by the present owner from Christie’s, South Kensington, 2008.

Artwork Size

Height of the figure - 6ft

about artist

One of the founding members of the Progressive Artists Group, Ara evolved his trademark style, especially with his full-bodied nudes and still-life paintings that are inexpressibly marked by a lifeaffirming popular culture. He was a modernist for whom the form and language of art preceded all other social and political motivations. His art was intuitive, spontaneous and improvised, and not deliberate or intellectual, intended on finding expression which led to a peculiar eclecticism. He was the first contemporary Indian painter to incessantly use the female nude as a muse and artistic subject while remaining within the constraints of naturalism. Ara dedicated the prime of his career to painting nudes and stilllifes, juxtaposing the two in a manner of an artistic sleight-of hand. He always stayed clear of the acceptable, the ordinary, and just as his PAG counterparts did and preached. There was a marked steering away from opprobrium and an attempt to arrive at a style in which an impression of the subject was more important than an actual representation. The body is well fleshed out with strong outlines in places with an expressionistic reference. He renders the nude in a Western master’s style for whom the delights of the nude lay in their wanton voluptuousness. She is completely unrestrained with a revealing face and calmness in her posture.